The International Association of Constitutional Law || l'Association Internationale de Droit Constitutionnel

The principal organ of the IACL is the Council, which consists of delegates of the transnational, national and sub-national associations and the scientific institutes that are members of the IACL. The Council usually meets every four years at the time of the World Congress of the IACL, but may be summoned between Congresses on the initiative of the Executive Committee.

At its regular quadrennial meeting, the Council elects the Executive of the Association, which consists of the President, the Secretary-General, the Deputy-Secretary General, the Vice-Presidents and the members of the Executive Committee.

At its meeting in Seoul on 18 June 2018, the Council of the IACL elected the following persons as members of the Executive Committee for a period of four years.

Office Bearers of the IACL 2018-2022


  • Adrienne Stone (Australia)
    Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Director, Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, Australia.

First Vice-president:

  • Helle Krunke (Denmark)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Secretary General:

  • Anna Jonsson Cornell (Sweden)
    Professor, Vice Dean Faculty of Law, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Deputy Secretary General & Treasurer:

  • Norman Taku (South Africa)
  • Iris Nguyen Duy (France/Norway)
    Professor, University of Agder, Norway

Executive Committee of the IACL 2018-2022


  • Eva Brems (Belgium)
    Professor of Human Rights Law, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Marcelo Figueiredo (Brazil)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Charles Fombad (Cameroon)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Francisco Javier García Roca (Spain)
    Professor and Director, Department of Constitutional Law, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM); President Emeritus, Spanish Association of Constitutional Lawyers (ACE).
  • César Landa Arroyo (Peru)
    Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Former President, Constitutional Court of Peru.
  • Susanna Mancini (Italy)
    Full Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, School of Law, University of Bologna
  • Bertrand Mathieu (France)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Paris I, Sorbonne, France.
  • Elena Simina Tanasescu (Romania)
    Professor of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest; Director, Centrul de Drept Constituţional şi Instituţii Politice (CDCIP), University of Bucharest, Romania.

Executive Committee Members:

  • Zaid Al-Ali (Iraq)
    Senior Adviser on Constitution Building, International IDEA, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Merris Amos (United Kingdom)
    Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • Jimly Asshiddique (Indonesia)
    Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Indonesia
  • Sergei Belov (Russia)
    Professor of Law, Dean of Law Faculty, St Petersburg State University
  • Yasmin Dawood (Canada)
    Canada Research Chair in Democracy, Constitutionalism and Electoral Law, University of Toronto
  • Han Dayuan (China)
    Professor of Constitutional Law, Dean of Law School, Renmin University
  • Surya Deva (India)
    Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong; Editor-in-Chief, Business and Human Rights Journal.
  • Akiko Ejima (Japan)
    Professor, Meiji University Law School
  • Selin Esen (Turkey)
    Professor, Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, Ankara University, Turkey.
  • Kim Lane Scheppele (United States)
    Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Juan Carlos Henao (Colombia)
    Rector, Externado University, former judge of the Constitutional Court
  • JaeHwang Jeong (South Korea)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Sunkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea
  • George Katrougalos (Greece)
    Professor of Public Law, Democritus University, Greece, Member of the European Parliament.
  • Uwe Kischel (Germany)
    Professor of Public Law, European Law and Comparative Law, University of Greifswald
  • Abdelaziz Lamghari (Morocco)
    Professor, President of the Moroccan Association of Constitutional Law
  • Oumarou Narey (Niger)
    Professor University of Niamey, Niger; Vice President Constitutional Court of Niger
  • Catherine O’Regan (South Africa)
    Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford; former judge of the South African Constitutional Court
  • Suzie Navot (Israel)
    Chairperson, Israeli Association of Public Law, Professor of Constitutional Law, Striks Law School4
  • Goncalo de Almeida Ribeiro (Portugal)
    Professor of Law, Católica Lisbon School of Law, Judge of the Constitutional Court Portugal
  • Pablo Riberi (Argentina)
    Professor of Constitutional Law, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
  • Wojciech Sadurski (Australia)
    Challis Professor in Jurisprudence, University of Sydney
  • Jose Maria Serna (Mexico)
    Professor of Law, National University of Mexico
  • Renáta Uitz (Hungary)
    Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Marek Zubik (Poland)
    Professor of Law University of Warsaw, Judge of the Constitutional Court Poland
  • Tom Ginsburg (USA)
    Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, Professor of Political Science, Law School, University of Chicago

Conferred Titles
Presidents Emeriti:

  • Thomas Fleiner (Switzerland)
    Professor Emeritus, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • Michel Rosenfeld (USA)
    Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy, Cardozo School of Law
  • Cheryl Saunders (Australia)
    Laureate Professor, Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Didier Maus (France)
    Member, Conseil Constitutionnel of France.
  • Martin Scheinin (Finland)
    Professor of Public International Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • Manuel José Cepeda-Espinosa (Colombia)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

Honorary Presidents:

  • Cardoso da Costa (Portugal)
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Coimbra University (Rtd); Former President, Constitutional Court of Portugal; President, Portuguese Association of Constitutional Law.
  • José Luis Cea Egaña (Chile)
    Advocate; Professor of Law; Judge of the Constitutional Court of Chile (Rtd); Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidad San Sebastián, Chile (Rtd).
  • Yoichi Higuchi (Japan)
    Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo and Tohoku University; Member of the Japan Academy.
  • George Kassimatis (Greece)
    Emiritus Professor, University of Athens; Honorary Lawyer to the Constitutional Court of Greece; President of the Kytherian Foundation for Culture and Development (KIPA)
  • Naoki Kobayashi (Japan)
  • Salvador Lozada (Argentina)
  • Kostas Mavrias (Greece)
    Professor Emeritus, University of Athens; President, Scientific Council of the Greek Parliament; President, Association of Greek Constitutionalists; Director, Laboratory of Constitutional Research, University of Athens.
  • Pavle Nikolic (Serbia)
  • Christian Starck (Germany)
    Professor Emeritus, University of Göttingen; Member, Academy of Sciences at Göttingen (President 2008 - 2012)
  • Guiseppe de Vergottini (Italy)
    Honorary President of the International Association of Constitutional Law; Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Mo Jihong (China)
    Professor, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.


Venice Commission:

  • Gianni Buquicchio (Italy)
    Mr Buquicchio, the President of the Venice Commission, is a member by right of the Executive Committee in accordance with the co-operation agreement between the Commission and the IACL.

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